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Central Illinois Regional Airport wins state recognition

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Central Illinois Regional Airport

The Central Illinois Regional Airport has been named the primary airport of the year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The agency said the Bloomington-Normal airport has a strong record of cooperation with the transportation department, a commitment to customer safety and satisfaction, and good facility maintenance.

“Our community should be proud of this recognition by the state transportation department,“ said Alan Sender, chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. "CIRA’s customer service, outstanding safety record, modern and convenient facilities and high quality aviation services are an invaluable asset to McLean County and central Illinois."

A primary airport has more than 10,000 passenger boardings per year. CIRA has returned to about 87% of the passenger traffic it had before the pandemic.

CIRA offers air service on four airlines — Allegiant, American, Delta and Frontier. It has connecting service through the major hubs of Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, nonstop service to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa/St. Pete, Denver, Orlando International and Destin/Fort Walton Beach.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.